Calida petition moot and academic — SC

October 25, 2019
Jose Calida

THE Supreme Court yesterday dismissed the petition of Solicitor General Jose Calida seeking to stop a Senate inquiry into his family-owned Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency Inc., and the government contracts it entered into for being moot and academic.

In a resolution, the SC stressed the petition filed by Calida and his family can no longer be resolved because the 17th Congress already ended.

Senate Resolution No. 760 was filed calling for an investigation into Calida’s alleged conflict of interest when his family-owned security firm bagged several government contracts.

Apart from the Department of Justice, Calida’s security agency also bagged contracts with the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.

A complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman accused Calida of conflict of interest in violation of Republic Act No. 6713 (Code of the Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials).

But the solicitor general denied any violation of the law, saying there is no conflict of interest because he already resigned as president of the security firm prior to joining the government in 2016.